Whilst there’s no question that the 2022 calendar for the FIA WEC is not yet even at the stage of being provisional, let alone approved by the FIA, an email to fans sent out on Friday from Sebring International Raceway President and General Manager Wayne Estes nonetheless confirms that the intention is clearly in place for the return of the double-header IMSA and FIA WEC ‘Super Sebring’ event in 2022.
The event was deemed an immediate success in 2019 as Sebring replaced CoTA on the WEC schedule, but the WEC event has been cancelled for the past two years due to the ongoing health concerns and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 Sebring 12 Hours did though welcome a delegation from the ACO/ LMEM which included ACO President Pierre Fillon and incoming LMEM CEO, Frédéric Lequien. And it seems that their visit may well have seen confirmation of intent for a return to Florida for the World Championship.
Estes’ email references the return of the WEC’s 1000 miles event twice, alongside repeated mentions of the significance of the 2022 12 Hours of Sebring event, next year will be the 70th anniversary of the first running of the race:
“After the performance of the teams this year, a 70th anniversary to celebrate, WEC’s new Hypercars adding to the 1000 Miles race, we expect demand to be at an all-time high.”
If travel restrictions are relaxed by then, there’s little doubt that the arrival of Peugeot alongside the current Hypercar entrants, will provide a further draw next season – the French giant finally making their WEC debut a full decade after their initially intended entry!
If the timeline runs true to form then the very likely date for the weekend is 18-19 March 2022 with the WEC race on Friday (18 March) and the IMSA race the following day.